Please prepare a five-to-ten minute audition that is representative of your playing.
Your selection/s may come from a single work, or from multiple pieces or etudes. Play music that you are confident and familiar with, and avoid auditioning with a piece that is new to you.
*If you are submitting a recording, recordings should not be more than 6 months old.
**If you prepare a slow section of music, be sure to also prepare a section with contrasting tempo, as well.
Step 1: Be sure to submit your Online Application before submitting an audition video.
Step 2: Upload each video as unlisted to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, GoogleDocs, etc.
Step 3: Include your Full Name, Instrument, and “SR” in the title of each video.
Step 4: Send us the links to your videos (by email) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not send your recordings as attachments … we will not be able to open them.
Kinhaven will hold live auditions in several select cities beginning in February, 2018
We are currently scheduling auditions at the following locations:
February 17th – New York, NY at the Manhattan School of Music
February 17th – New York, NY at the Mannes School of Music
February 24th – Boston, MA at the New England Conservatory
February 27th – Tenafly, NJ at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music
For the Early Admissions Period (11/1 – 12/31): All recordings are due by January 15th
For the Regular Admissions Period (1/1-2/28): All recordings are due by March 1st
For the Final Admissions Period (3/1 and beyond): Submit All Recordings ASAP
In January and February, applicants who have requested a live audition (via their Online Application) will receive their audition details by email within 2-5 days.
You may audition in whichever setting (accompanied or unaccompanied) you are most comfortable. We do not require piano accompaniment.
Scales will not be assessed, so please do not include them with your video-recorded audition. Live applicants have the option to play a scale or two in the room (as a warm-up), but these will not count towards your audition.
We require a solo selection, so duets (with the same instrument) are not acceptable. However, you may submit a chamber music recording – in addition to your solo recordings – if you would like to.
A short introduction of yourself and your repertoire is appreciated. No extensive autobiographies, please.
We do not expect professional level recordings, and our faculty’s trained ears can forgive home-style fidelity. However, be sure to watch all of your video so that you can be sure that it is flattering, and that elements such as vibrato are apparent.
If possible, listen to your video recordings with your teacher before submitting them.
No, kindly send us two separate recordings. We will treat each applicant separately.
Because we will circulate your recording among the faculty members who teach your instrument, we require separate recordings for separate instruments.